10 Defining Moments In Modern History And The Time They Happened

The unfolding of any defining moment in history is recounted fascinatingly over the next few generations, and the day is invariably remembered for years to follow. But that’s the thing — we might all remember the day it happened, but do we ever remember the exact moment? The precise minute when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, perhaps, or that unforgettable moment when Dhoni hit the six to win India the World Cup after nearly three decades?

History intrigues us all. The unfolding of any defining moment in history is recounted fascinatingly over the next few generations, and the day is invariably remembered for years to follow. But that’s the thing — we might all remember the day it happened, but do we ever remember the exact moment? The precise minute when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, perhaps, or that unforgettable moment when Dhoni hit the six to win India the World Cup after nearly three decades? We at Engrave love a bit of trivia, so we decided to clock ten such defining moments in modern history and list them down for you.

1. India Attains Independence: 12 AM IST, 15th August, 1947

As Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst With Destiny’ speech echoed throughout India, it had finally achieved independence from the British after nearly 200 years.

2. First Man In Space: 6:07 AM UTC, 12th April, 1961

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent nearly two hours in outer space, becoming the first man in history to do so.

3. First Man On The Moon: 2:56 AM UTC, 21st July, 1969

One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon at 2:56 am and was followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin 20 minutes later.

4. Fall of the Berlin Wall: 10:45 PM CET, 9th November, 1989

The fall of the Berlin Wall leading to a unified Germany was one of the most iconic moments of the 20th Century.

5. Nelson Mandela Freed After 27 Years In Prison: 4:16 PM SAST, 11th February, 1990

The leader of the apartheid movement in South Africa was finally released after 27 long years in prison, marking the end of the most infamous spell of racial segregation in recent memory.

6. India Goes Nuclear: 3:45 PM IST, 13th May, 1998

The successful Pokhran II tests under the Vajpayee-led BJP government was a proud moment for the country, as India became only the sixth nation in the world to join the nuclear club.

7. Sachin Tendulkar Scores A Record 35th Test Century: 4:44 PM IST, 10th December, 2005

With a flick on the leg side, Sachin broke Gavaskar’s 22 year record to establish himself in history as the greatest batsman of all time. He went on to score 51 test centuries, but the 35th will always be special!

8. Abhinav Bindra Wins India’s First Ever Individual Gold Medal: 9:50 AM IST, 11th August, 2008

History was created in 2008 when shooter Abhinav Bindra won India’s first individual gold medal in the 10 m Air Rifle Event at the Beijing Olympics.

9. Federer Defeats Roddick To Claim A Historic 15th Grand Slam Title: 6:21 PM BST, 5th July, 2009

One of the best fought Wimbledon finals was also a historic one. The epic 5 set thriller between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick lasted a whopping 4 hours and 17 minutes, ending in dramatic fashion with Federer breaking Pete Sampras’s record of 14 Grand Slams.

10. Dhoni Hits The Six That Wins India The World Cup: 10.51 PM IST, 2nd April, 2011

The nation held its collective breath as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni picked his spot and whacked the ball out of the park, bringing the glory of the World Cup back to the nation after 28 long years.

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Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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